On the corner of Marrickville and Livingstone roads and accessible via Patyegarang Place, the former Marrickville Hospital has been transformed into the new Marrickville Library and Pavilion.
This is no ordinary library. The former hospital’s restored wards are complemented by a contemporary addition that spills out into a public garden, community venue and play space.
This is fast becoming Marrickville’s new town square – a place for you to come together with the whole community. With visitor numbers doubling since the library opened in 2019, it’s a mix of people and place that has created a vibrant, lively place to learn, relax and connect.
With more space, the library now offers more than 20,000 additional books in its collection, and you can even head up to the second floor to visit Inner West Council’s historic art book collection, which was previously under wraps.
You might choose to relax within the library’s open and fluid interior, which offers flexible seating, communal areas and public art. You can also admire the integration of the original heritage elements of the hospital with the new addition.
Marrickville Library is a stunning, sustainable public facility that has won 9 national architecture awards, 3 National Trust heritage awards and an NSW Landscape Architecture award. It even captured international attention as 1 of 5 libraries shortlisted for the International Public Library of the Year Award 2021.
Come and experience this fantastic asset for the people of Sydney’s Inner West, which will be a place for people to gather and explore for generations.